It's a transformation project that will change the entire Erie School District.
On Wednesday, the Erie School Board agreed to vote on a restructuring option next month.
"It's important for the public to know that the board isn't committing funds," said Erie School District Superintendent Jay Badams. "They're not entering any sort of bond arrangements. All they're doing, is they're going to be considering and hopefully approving a plan to take forward, to try to get funding."
During the meeting, school directors talked about some of the public feedback they received Monday night, when three options were revealed. Each plan includes reconfigurations and renovations to schools in the district.
According to Dr. Badams, a major concern is the school reconfigurations, specifically, the movement of Collegiate Academy students into a section of Central Tech.
"One concern is what happens in the interim, if we do get this program approved and we do all this construction, what happens to their children during that period and time," said Dr. Badams. "And there's no doubt that there will be a period of disruption if we do get this plan approved."
Another major concern is how the $270-$300 million project will be funded. But according to LPCiminelli--the company hired to help the district plan these options-- the project won't impact your wallet.
"These programs are designed so you don't have to impact the local tax levy," said LPCiminelli President Mike Laipple. "I think it's been taxed enough. There's enough challenges out there. We're looking for new money to help fund a program like this and the hope is to build a program that would be a $300 million renovation program for the district, at no additional cost to the local tax levy."
The school board is scheduled to vote on a plan on November 13.